The Persecuted Church–Iraq (Re-posted)

From The Telegraph:

“Christians are so frightened,” Canon White says. “The Christians here are frightened even to walk to church because they might come under attack. All the churches are targets.
“We used to have 1.5 million Christians, now we have probably only got 200,000 left in Iraq. There are more Iraqi Christians in Chicago than here.”

–There have been Christians in Iraq since the first century. Acts 2:9 records Parthians from Mesopotamia in the crowd as the Apostle Peter preached at Pentecost.
–During the fourth century, Persia’s Zoroastrian zeal against the newly Christianized Roman Empire threatened to destroy the Christians living in the Mesopotamian lands of modern-day Iraq.
–The European Christian crusaders often saw the Iraqi Christians as false and the Muslims saw them as part of the enemy.
–Church historian Kenneth Scott Latourette found it amazing, not that Christianity survived as a minority cult, “but that it survived at all.”

Nahum 1:7-8 (New Living Translation)
The Lord is good,
a strong refuge when trouble comes.
He is close to those who trust in him.
But he will sweep away his enemies
in an overwhelming flood.
He will pursue his foes
into the darkness of night.

O Lord,
Our hearts cry out for so much spilled blood. Is the land cursed with violence from Cain’s murder of Abel?
Jesus wept at the tomb of His friend Lazarus. How many times has He wept in Iraq? Might His Blood shed on the cross break this curse on the land!
Be close to the Iraqis who trust in You. Sweep away their enemies in an overwhelming flood and pursue their foes into the darkness of night.
Stay close to them, dear Lord. Stay close. Amen.

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